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CONTENTS September/October 2021
COVER STORY DRESSAGE at DEVON
Dressage at Devon returns, and it is better than ever! Learn about the history of dressage in our feature story.
Fashion • Home • Art
18 MUST HAVES For you, your horse and farm
20 Fall Fashion Be Showring Ready! 22 Jenuinely Jeni Arts to Enjoy! 24 EXCEPTIONALLY EQUESTRIAN Jewelry, Excep�onal Grooming Tools, Great Finds For Your Pooch! 28 Chisholm Galleries Feature Astrid Harrisson 30 Visit Aiken, South Carolina
Photo by Sharon Currie for Paws and Rewind
32 HIS & HERS Stephen Benne� 34 Art & An�ques with Dr. Lori Olympic Collectables
36 Heart of the Horse Exhibit Juliet van O�eren at Appleton Museum
Equine Health 50 Hoof Balance 52 Equine Health Tes�ng 54 Chiroprac�c & Lameness
Training, Tack & Showing
38 Interna�onal Side Saddle Associa�on Summer Camp 62 Hooves Touching Water 66 Begin Ground Training Lynn Palm
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Celebrating The Equestrian Lifestyle
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Spectacular Georgian Equestrian Estate
in the heart of Maryland horse country, nestled within a well-designed and maturely landscaped 31acre se�ng. The residence is approximately 5,700 square feet and picture perfect, from its gorgeous copper roof, stunning interior, to its though�ully designed gardens. The spacious and nicely appointed home oﬀers fantas�c views from every room and from each of its three levels of living. The ﬁrst ﬂoor primary suite and bath with access to the large screened porch overlooking the gardens oﬀers privacy and comfort. Addi�onally, the property boasts a barn, block building and run-in shed to accompany the large 4-board fenced paddocks. Convenient to waterfront restaurants, golf, horseback riding and within 5 miles of 4 marinas. Twelve Oaks is quite picturesque, the gated entrance and treed drive add grace to the beau�ful se�ng. Several acres of mature woods serve as the perfect backdrop to this one of a kind property.
Truly Magnificent 57 +/Acre Horse Farm
located along the north shore of Maryland’s Bohemia Creek and nestled among a canopy of mature sycamore trees. Featuring wooded trails along the creek and gently rolling ﬁelds, the farm is an excellent, tranquil training facility for boarding, showing and/or layups. The equine facili�es include 27 stalls located in two block barns, a large outdoor riding arena, a massive 100 x 200 lighted indoor arena, 6-horse covered exerciser, paddocks, pastures and numerous run-ins. The farm proudly features a gorgeous brick home with 5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, four ﬁreplaces, wide hardwood plank ﬂooring and a lower level ﬁnished basement area that leads to a party terrace area, perfect for entertaining. Access to the inground pool is just oﬀ the home’s sun room and convenient to the nicely appointed pool house. A must see for any professional equestrian!
For addi�on informa�on, contact: A. John Price Pa�erson Price Real Estate 302-379-6318 john@pa�ersonprice.com 16
Gorgeous Westside Paso Robles Estate
Rancho Robles is an amazing, private property on approximately 200 acres in THE WILLIAMSON ACT, with many rolling acres available for planting vines, olives, hops or another crop. The main home is situated on a lovely hill surrounded by forests that consist of many native trees such as oaks, and manzanitas. The stunning and spacious home consists of 3 bedrooms and 4 baths, a beautiful foyer, a large formal living room, den, ofﬁce, master suite with private ofﬁce, formal dining room and a kitchen with full pantry. The master bathroom features two water closets, two showers, a massive tub, a walk in closet and two other closets. There is plenty of storage throughout the home with a very well placed laundry room/mud room off the back door and near the kitchen. There is a large covered patio overlooking the inﬁnity pool and a gorgeous view over the trees and out to the south eastern hills. The former horse training facility with a 18 stall barn, grooming barn, one bedroom apartment, barn ofﬁce, bathrooms and an attached conference/meeting room with ofﬁces, kitchenette and bathroom in good condition. There is a round pen, arena, horse grooming with wash racks, pens and fully fenced/cross fenced pastures. There is a small guest home with bedroom home located in a private and serene setting not far from the barn and arena area. It is very private but located right next to Pasolivo with many acres of olive orchards and across from Whalebone winery. Information not veriﬁed. 8800 Vineyard Drive, Paso Robles CA Asking: $4,500,000.
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Jenuinely Jeni Now at
The Greenbrier Resort
Artisan, Jeni Benos, has opened a gallery of fine arts in the Art Colony at The Greenbrier Resort! Each shop in the Art Colony on Alabama Row is tucked into the historic white cottages that sit atop the hill just above The Greenbrier’s Iconic Spring House. Jeni’s shop features her own extensive collection of sterling silver jewelry and photography along with artwork and fine crafts from several other artists. Each artisan in her shop demonstrates exceptional craftmanship with an innovative edge and several are award winning.
Jeni began her business in 2004 with a whimsical set of Zodiac Pony necklaces, each pony representing their astrological sign through personality traits or symbolism. Today, Jeni still makes the ponies from her debut line along with an extensive variety of equestrian styles. Her designs range from fun and casual to elegant and sophisticated. In November 2019 she opened her ﬁrst retail store in the Greenbrier Art Colony. Jeni is best known for creating complex three-dimensional ﬁligree forms, several of which are equestrian themed. These hollow seamless forms are quite distinctive with their ornate patterns and complexity. As she meticulously handcrafts each of her jewelry designs, she explores the various phases, mannerisms and disciplines of the horse in unique and imaginative ways. Her endless inspiration is rooted in experiences riding dressage, jumping, hacking and just enjoying valuable time spent with horses.
Nature and animal motifs are also favorite subjects for Jeni. Her designs featuring cats are especially appreciated by her customers as they whimsically capture the unique characteristics of these quirky, lovable pets. Photography is another medium Jeni has focused on throughout her life and career. Her endeavors photographing birds and a variety of interesting wildlife inspired one of her most popular series portraying creatures hiding in nature. Sea creatures can also be found in some of her recent work after taking up diving as a new hobby.
Along with an extensive array of her own work, Jeni showcases artwork from a number of prominent artists primarily from WV and the surrounding states with a few from other parts of the U.S.. Some of the artisans in her shop are also horse lovers and express their affection for these beautiful animals through their talents.
Ellington, a ﬁligree dressage horse. Inquisitive, original oil painting by Carol Lee Thompson
Rolling bliss, - Detail by Robyn Ryan
frequently grace the work in her diverse portfolio. Carol has been a professional artist for over thirty years and has earned numerous awards for her work. Her paintings have been exhibited in several museums and even adorn the walls of some very prominent locations including, but not limited to, Baltimore’s City Hall and the U.S. State Department. Robyn Ryan works in a number of mediums, portraying her subjects through acrylics, watercolors, collage, and bronze sculpture. She believes that you must create what you love and horses have always been a passion for her. In her paintings and collage Robyn frequently uses bright colors and imaginative patterns while her bronze sculptures are quite life-like. She releases her sculptures in limited edition series, some represent horses she has known or owned throughout her life and others are from her imagination. Jenuinely Jeni at The Greenbrier carries an eclectic mix of artwork that includes jewelry, photography, paintings, ﬁne pens, ceramics, baskets, scarves, wood work, and stationary.
Visit Jenuinely Jeni in person at her store in The Greenbrier Carol Lee Thompson is a nature lover and horse women. Her stunning paintings are full of life with expressive subjects Art Colony in White Sulphur Springs, WV or online at jenuinelyjeni.com. and impeccable detail. Horses and fox hunting scenes E
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To the adventurous equestrian the exhilara�on of a brisk gallop is much like ﬂying! The thrilling power and freedom shared with a loyal equine partner at full speed can feel like the ﬂight of birds racing the wind. These metaphorical birds soar capturing unheeded freedom in their swi� pursuit. On the Wings of the Wind was handcra�ed by ar�san Jeni Benos. jenuinelyjeni.com
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So, what makes this kit so unique?
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HIS Stephen Bennett:
Racing to Portray the World with L.A. Sokolowski, equinista Stephen Benne� calls himself a portrait painter with a passion for the world’s people, and for four decades he has explored over 50 countries, seeking out indigenous and tradi�onal people to portray in vivid grand-scale pain�ngs. A modern day George Catlin, his portraits are meant to preserve and celebrate the cultures that he has encountered, and his colorful and crea�ve journey has also led him into the world of horseracing, where he has portrayed (and his works are owned by) some of the greatest names and faces of the sport, including Eclipse award-winner and HOF jockey, Gary L. Stevens, and 2015 Triple Crown champions Victor Espinoza and American Pharoah. He says his life’s goal is to paint 1,000 World Portraits to go on interna�onal exhibi�on. Un�l then, let’s look at horses -- and the sport of kings – through his eyes as objects d’art. HERS: What do you remember about seeing your ﬁrst work of horse art? HIS: It was a [Frederic] Remington, of course. I was impressed (and jealous]. It made me curious to learn what magic he worked to create what he did. HERS: What do you like best about painting a portrait of a person? What about painting a horse? HIS: With people, it’s about getting to know them, and creating something that will become an heirloom. It’s a thrill to think about how a portrait will outlive them – and me. With painting a horse, it’s about the attraction to the animal. I see all horses as very feminine in their movement and shape. When you see a racehorse wet and glistening after a bath, it’s like looking at a body builder. HERS: What was your ﬁrst paying job? HIS: I was in junior high school and my ﬁrst job was at a soft ice cream stand called Dairy Circus. I got ﬁred for giving too much free ice cream to friends!
Stephen and Victor Paddock Light
HERS: If you weren’t an artist what do you think you would be doing? HIS: I’d be in naturopathic medicine. As an artist I couldn’t always get health insurance so I learned how to stay healthy.
HERS: What is your favorite quote and why? HIS: “Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid.” It works! I heard it from Anthony Hopkins [original attribution to Goethe, 1749-1832). HERS: Of everyone you’ve painted, did anyone make a lasting impression? HIS: I got a private limousine ride with the president of Panama and after meeting him, worked for him for a year. He commissioned 100 portraits of important people in Panama, including of indigenous people that I was interested in. HERS: What makes you happy? HIS: Finishing a painting. HERS: What sparks your outrage? HIS: Deceit upsets me.
HERS: Is there a horse or discipline you’ve always wanted to paint? HIS: I love huge horses – I’d give anything to paint a Friesian. www.EliteEquestrianMagazine.com
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ANTIQUES By Dr. Lori
2021 Tokyo Olympic Collectibles on the World Stage By Dr. Lori Verderame
The 2021 Summer Olympic Games (Tokyo 2021) will be held in Tokyo, Japan and collectible objects from the XXXII Olympiad will soon be known as the collectibles of the future. The inspirational and popular international multi-sport event will take place in Tokyo, Japan. On a recent trip to Tokyo, I experienced that the great Japanese city is quite prepared to host the world even in the aftermath of a global pandemic. Shops are brimming with Olympic items and in Tokyo’s main and impressive Govern������������������������������������������������������������������ Olympic Games. The exhibit geared to the general public features the Olympic Flag and the Tokyo 2021 mascots for the Summer Olympic and Summer Paralympic Games. The exhibit helps visitors learn about the history of the Olympic Games through signage and other didactic displays. Special items include the opening ceremony jackets to be worn by members of the Japanese Olympic Team. These pieces of clothing were available at the exhibit and the jacket design was based on a traditional Asian kimono jacket or haori with an open front and large sleeves. Along with the haori jackets in the blue and white, the exhibit featured life-size stuffed animal mascots for the Olympic and Paralympic games and photo areas for �����������������������
The highlight of the exhibition was the display of the beautiful ������������������������������������������������������������ opening ceremonies and waves throughout every Olympic ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������orful and highly recognizable Olympic rings design on a white panel with fringe of the ring colors surrounding the perimeter. ���������������������������������������������������������� display case along with its wood storage/traveling case decorated with engraved gold-tone metal plaques from the previous Olympic Games held in Atlanta 1996, Athens 2000, Sydney 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. I expect that the interior of the case is lined to archival standards with an appropriate museum quality material that will keep the �������������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������ Games are the anime-inspired Olympic mascot named Mira34
itowa (mirai meaning future and towa meaning eternity) created by artist Ryo Taniguchi. More than 2,000 mascot designs were submitted to the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Committee from Japanese artists. Designs were narrowed down to ���������������������������������������������������������nese elementary school children by a nationwide classroom vote. Ryo Taniguchi’s Miraitowa mascot design won with 109,041 votes. Collectibles at the Olympic Games will be varied including the traditionally traded Olympic pins, Tokyo Olympic sportswear, keychains and of course, small scale Miraitowa mascots toys. When it comes to Olympic Games collectibles, the market is most active about two weeks prior to the current Olympic Games and continues throughout the Games. If you are considering liquidating your Olympic collection, plan to start your marketing efforts online now. Online sales will be active since this is a major international event. For sellers, continue your marking efforts throughout the Games and end your Olympic collectibles sales about one week after the Games’ closing ceremonies have occurred. This will give you time to ��������������������������������������������������������� the lead up and events of this year’s Tokyo Olympic Games. By continuing the sales of your Olympic collectibles after the Olympic Games have closed, this will give latecomers a chance to buy your items after everyone else has gone home. With events like the Olympics and the sale of Olympic �������������������������������������������������������� to be interested in these items weeks after the end of the competitions. So, start promoting Olympic objects early, ride the promotional wave during the Games and then give an extra week for buyers to purchase the leftover Olympic items. By September of this year, the Olympics collectibles market ����������������������������������������������������������������� you’ll have to wait another four years for the next best sales opportunity of any Olympic objects. Looking forward, Paris, France will host the Summer Olympics in 2024 and Los Angeles, California, USA will host the world for the 2028 Summer Olympics. Dr. Lori Verderame is the award-winning Ph.D. Antiques Appraiser on History channel’s #1 show, The Curse of Oak Island. Visit www.DrLoriV.com and www.YouTube.com/DrLoriV or call (888) 431-1010. =
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Heart of the Horse: Photographs by Juliet van Otteren October 9, 2021-April 24, 2022 The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, is pleased to open an exhibition by internationally acclaimed photographer Juliet van Otteren. The exhibition, opening on October 9, features 40 black and white photographs of horses that reflect the beauty and complexity of these exquisite animals.
“Into the Mind,” 2003, Silver gelatin print, 16 x 20 in.
“Defying Gravity,” 2003, Silver gelatin print, 16 x 20 in.
Seeking more than the simple documentation of beautiful horses, van Otteren’s images strive to capture their essence, and perhaps even a glimpse of their souls. By spending signiﬁcant time with a limited number of equine subjects, she is able to forge an intimate connection that captures their grace, close familial relationships, playfulness, and their ancient bond with us as human beings. She began creating photographs when she lived in communities in the Himalayas and the Middle East. After living in the English countryside for many years, she returned to the United States in the late 1990s and is now based in Florida. Her work is in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery in London, the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., and the Bibliothèque nationale de France in Paris among many others. A campus of the College of Central Florida, the Appleton Museum of Art is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, east of downtown on SR 40 (exit 352 east off I-75 or exit 268 west off I-95). Parking is free. For more information, call the Appleton Museum of Art at 352-291-4455 or visit AppletonMuseum.org. 36
“Contemplation,” 2003, Silver gelatin print, 16 x 20 in. Untitled, 2003, Silver gelatin print, 16 x 20 in.
Upcoming Events with the Artist
Gallery Tours Saturday, November 6, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Visit the museum on Free First Saturday and take a tour of “Heart of the Horse” with van Otteren. Both tour times are free for members and nonmembers as part of Free First Saturday. Artist’s Outlook Online Talk Thursday, November 18, 7 p.m. Join Patricia Tomlinson, Curator of Exhibitions, and van Otteren for a free online talk to discuss the artist’s work, inspirations and journey as an artist. Meeting ID: 302 190 0088 Passcode: 352352
SIDE SADDLE ORGANIZATION goes to Summer Camp!
The Interna�onal Side Saddle Organiza�on had the honor of hos�ng a Welcome Recep�on and sponsoring a Judge’s Perspec�ve and Riding Exhibi�on during Camp Leaping Horn, a side saddle educa�on clinic, held at the United States Equestrian Team Founda�on Headquarters from July 27th to 30th, 2021. Shelly Ligge�, a former President of ISSO, a current board member, and the founder of Camp Leaping Horn, directed this event for over a decade. In 2018, Shelly passed the camp reins over to Jennifer Stevenson, also a board member of ISSO, and she has kept this camp tradi�on going in the same elegant style. Providing a beau�ful catered dinner to the campers, was The Interna�onal Side Saddle Organiza�on’s way of showing our support and dedica�on to the riders of this historic way of riding. The welcome dinner was held on the ﬁrst oﬃcial full day of “Camp.” The menu included a beau�ful selec�on of tasty entrees, as well as decora�ve desserts for all to enjoy. The dinner provided a fun social experience for all a�endees to enjoy the support and camaraderie within the side saddle community. The Judge’s Perspec�ve and Riding Exhibi�on were new to this year’s event and came as a welcome addi�on at the end of the camp week. ISSO provided boxed lunches as campers were encouraged to par�cipate in a mock-style show under the careful eye of an “r” rated Hunter judge and ISSO instructor, Louise “Lou” Steinfort. The Riding Exhibi�on included a Walk/Trot Class, Walk/Trot/Canter Class, as well as an Appointments and Jumping class. Lou carefully gave posi�ve feedback to each rider and discussed cri�cal details important to know for this Historically correct Hunter Division. The campers were so eager to dress in their formal wares to have a bit more fun at the end of such an amazing camp week. The “show” also included a costume class, which was discussed and explained by professional seamstress—and Queen—Kate Hopkins. The Interna�onal Side Saddle Organiza�on is dedicated to preserving the history behind this elegant way of riding, while inspiring others to join in on the fun! We are a non-proﬁt organiza�on that oﬀers year-end awards, online and in person clinics, training, shows, and a quarterly publica�on of Aside World. Membership and dona�ons allow ISSO the opportunity to con�nue with our mission of educa�ng and suppor�ng those interested in learning about side saddle. If you would like to learn more about our organiza�on, please visit us online: www.sidesaddle.com
EQUITANA USA TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE The wait is over! After postponing the highly anticipated and newest North American edition of the premier horse industry event in 2020, EQUITANA USA and the Kentucky Horse Park have announced ticket sales for 2021 are now open.
The EQUITANA USA show will be held Friday, October 1 – Sunday, October 3, 2021 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. The event welcomes all riding levels, disciplines, and breeds, as well as enthusiasts of all ages to come together to celebrate the horse. The event will showcase a variety of popular equestrian personalities, professional performers, authors, veterinarians, and other top professionals sharing their expertise on a wide range of disciplines and topics, with more than 150 sessions. Some slated to provide sessions include Laura Graves (Dressage clinic), Ronny Riemer (Jumpers clinic), a Retired Racehorse Project Masterclass, the EQUUS Foundation Adoption Day and a variety of panels covering sustainability, horsemanship, social responsibility, DEI, accessibility and traditions and changes in the industry. Featured presenters on tap for the event include Micah Deligdish, Max Corcoran, Shawn Flarida, Colton Woods, Pat Parelli, Sydney Collier, Lindsey Partridge, Cole Cameron, Jim Masterson, Stephanie Bulger and many more. Each day will feature a trade fair, showcasing equestrian related products and services, along with the special evening performance of EQUUS Evolution at the Alltech Arena, which will be ticketed separately (details and ticket sales to be announced). Tickets may be purchased online by visiting http:// equitanausa21.com/Elite-Equestrian and start at $27 (ages 13+), $10 (ages 6-12), and free for children five and under. At checkout, purchasers may select to add-on a special limited-edition pair of Dreamers and Schemers EQUITANA USA Boot Socks for $15.99, while supplies last. New branded merchandise will be released for purchase both before and on site during the show. In addition to entrance into EQUITANA USA all tickets include on-site parking, free United States Equestrian Federation fan membership and admission into the Kentucky Horse Park, which includes access to the International Museum of the Horse, American Saddlebred Museum and Hall of Champions. EQUITANA USA is pleased to collaborate with associations, media and industry supporters to elevate the event experience for attendees. Association partners include the United States Equestrian Federation, United States Pony Club, United States Hunter Jumper Association, United States Eventing Association, United States Dressage Federation, the Retired Racehorse Project, and more. Additional media and industry supporters include the Equine Network, Breyer, Cavali Club, Dreamers & Schemers, 40
Elite Equestrian magazine, Strides for Equality Equestrian and many more. All of these collaborators will have a presence at the event giving attendees the opportunity to meet with them and learn more about their missions and contributions. The list of associations, media and industry supporters continues to grow daily. Secure your ticket today to stay upto-date on the latest EQUITANA USA news. For more information about EQUITANA USA, visit www.equitanausa.com or www.kyhorsepark.com.
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Piaffes, Pirouettes and Passages Date Back More Than Two Millennium
DRESSAGE A Few Historic Highlights
Story by Ginny Simon Photos by Sharon Currie of Paws and Rewind Dressage as an equestrian discipline and as a training foundation has a long history, dating back to 400 BC as far as we know. Horses were taught strategic moves to attack the enemy or defend the rider. Later, dressage became an accepted and esteemed discipline in the equestrian world. The roots of dressage can still be seen in the piaffes, pirouettes and passages at Dressage at Devon. And while it’s hard not to focus on the magnificence of the performances, just take a moment and imagine.
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Here are just a few of the many historical highlights. Classical Greek horsemanship was centered around the military who trained their horses to perform strategic movements intended to evade or attack the enemy whilst in battle. The earliest work on training horses was written by Xenophon, a Greek Military Commander born around 400 BC, Despite the fact that Xenophon’s writings were mainly concerned training war horses for long journeys and agility in battle, his teachings are perhaps most important for his humane and patient approach, something that was not typical of the times or, in fact, for much of the next century. Flash forward centuries later. The appreciation of the equine beauty and strength found an outlet during the Renaissance; European aristocrats displayed their highly trained horses in equestrian pageants. Riding and training of horses was considered a reﬁned, genteel pastime. The Royal Academy of Equestrian Art was founded, in 1420, by King Duarte in Lisbon, Portugal and was the world’s ﬁrst school of classical horsemanship. There were a few others in between but the famed Imperial Spanish Riding School of Vienna was established in 1572 and remains 42
one of the most respected (and visited) equestrian centers today. Its famed Lippizzans and their tricorn-hatted riders occasionally go on tour but if you’re ever in Vienna (or thereabouts) don’t miss them. “In the late 1800s, Louis XIII of France and his son “Sun King” Louis XIV built the palaces of Versailles into world-renowned splendor. Never know for doing this halfway, Louis XIV made his Ecole de Versailles into the ﬁnest equestrian center in all of Europe. For entertainment, he held quadrilles (choreographed rides featuring four horses and riders), dressage extravaganzas know as carousels (hence the name of the modern merry-go-round), and staged mock battles and other over-the-top equestrian amusements.” (The USDF Guide to Dressage)
Though it seemed to have been omitted from the Greek Olympics and it wasn’t introduced as an ofﬁcial Olympic Sport until the 1912 Olympic Games in Stockholm. Still though, only military ofﬁcers were eligible to compete.
Imagine transporting horses to the various Olympic sites it clearly would’ve taken an army! The trip alone was arduous. Shipping horses from countries such as Japan and Europe involved weeks of travel in crates on rocky seas and on trains with varying weather – hard to imagine today! This sort of transportation for the Olympic Games was quite an investment especially during the depression. In the 1950’s, the mechanization of the calvary led to the end of mounted soldiers. About the same time, women were making inroad into the sport and in 1953 women were ﬁnally allowed to compete in dressage at the Olympics in 1952. Perhaps not the most popular equestrian event, the introduction of the freestyle in 1996, sparked new interest.
Today, Charlotte Dujardin and, Isabell Werth are household names --at least in dressage households. The growing enthusiasm for the sport, supported by increased access to knowledgeable military and foreign trainers, brought together 81 pioneers of dressage in 1973 to found the United States Dressage Federation. Previously The American Horse Shows Association (AHSA) now US Equestrian Federation (USEF) and the United States Equestrian Team (USET), now the USET Foundation, were the two primary organizations overseeing dressage in the United States.
If You Go to Just two years later, the ﬁrst Dressage at Devon was held. In 1965, a group of riding enthusiasts got together and formed a club, in response to the question “How come the kids get to have all the fun?” The idea of an adult pony club caught on and the Delaware Valley Combined Training Association or “DVCTA” was born.Dressage at Devon has evolved into one of the most prestigious dressage competition in the hemisphere. It is an internationally rated dressage show as well as the largest open breed show in the world. The sport’s growth in popularity is not an accident. There is clearly no other sport where humans and animal collaborate in such perfect harmony. “Dressage is often compared to ballet The intense connection between human and equine athletes is a thing of beauty to behold.” says Ralph Straus, Commercial Director at the FEI. (Sport Business, “Hot to Trot/Why Dressage is yielding such interest from fans and sponsors, Adam Nelson, September 28, 2007) And, as someone new to dressage, the challenges it presents and the partnership that is creates, is truly worth the effort.
Dressage at Devon When: September 28 – October 3, 2021 Where: Devon Horse Show Grounds, 23 Dorset Rd., Devon Highlights: • Tues.–Thurs. features the world’s largest open breed show. • Thursday - Sunday – Performances division featuring upper level dressage. • All days - Great bou�que shopping and great food for equestrians and nonequestrians alike. • Dressage Explorers on Sunday for the kids. Tickets: $10/day, ages 13 and up; $5/day ages 3–12; free under 3. Reserved sea�ng, group sales info on the website. Informa�on: DressageatDevon.org With thanks to The USDF Guide to Dressage, 2006, written by Jennifer O. Bryant. It is the official guide of the United States Dressage Federation
Equine Voices Rescue & Sanctuary and The Original NibbleNets®:
Speaking Up For Saving Horses When Florida horsewoman Deb Rusden, founder of The Original NibbleNets® slow feeding system learned about the good works of the Equine Voices Rescue & Sanctuary in Arizona she knew – as one PMU rescue horse owner to another -- that she had to reach out to its president, Karen Pomroy.
Equine Voices Rescue & Sanctuary rescues unwanted foals that are a byproduct of the Pregnant Mare Urine pharmaceu�cal industry.
“I found out about Karen ten years ago from a magazine ar�cle about how she saved PMU foals,” Deb says. “Since I have a PMU rescue, I wanted to introduce myself and learn more about what she was doing. I may not remember the magazine, but I recall buying it straight oﬀ the rack. I was so excited to ﬁnd her!” The PMU (Pregnant Mare Urine) industry produces pharmaceu�cals, including hormone-replacement drugs, that use estrogen collected via urinary bladder bags from pregnant mares, and crea�ng an overabundance of unwanted foals, considered ‘byproducts’ of the industry, whose li�le lives are snuﬀed out by slaughter as soon as they are auc�oned over the scales as weanlings. Deb’s PMU rescue is Kieran, a 17 year-old Percheron dra�-cross she has owned since he was eight, but their history goes back further: “I’d known about him since he was 18 months old, when a friend of mine rescued him from slaughter along with two other PMU babies.” Karen, like Deb, grew up loving horses and, in 1994, she quit her job to spend a year backpacking the world. It changed her life. “As I traveled, I saw so many animals mistreated. I knew I had to follow my path and leave the corporate world.”
Sanctuary, the nonproﬁt rescue and sanctuary she started in 2004 and known today as a place of healing for horses and burros rescued from abuse, abandonment and slaughter. As the “voice” of her sanctuary she chose an ungainly dra�-cross colt named Gulliver, one of four foals -- along with Bella, Deuce and Spanky – born as PMU byproducts on a North Dakota farm that had lost its Premarin contract with Wyeth Pharmaceu�cals. Karen rescued them from certain slaughter. “Gulliver has played a huge role as a voice for PMU foals and educa�ng the public about the atroci�es our equine friends endure.” Thanks to Karen’s devo�on, Gulliver is now 18 years old, stands 17.2 hands and weighs over 1,600 pounds. His forever home, Equine Voices, is home to over 50 horses, ponies and burros available for adop�on or sponsorship. That’s a lot of mouths to feed and keep busy during turnout. Which is where Deb and her slow feeding NibbleNets came in: “It was an easy decision to oﬀer the rescue a discount. Karen and the Equine Voices volunteers are absolute angels – every animal is living a happy life and ge�ng the nutri�on they need to thrive.”
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In the last issue we talked about fascia, and how careful training should balance the tension in the fascial lines from top to bottom and side to side. The top and bottom lines are the superficial dorsal line and superficial ventral line, and they come together on the coffin bone within the hoof. While most horses, like most people, are not perfectly symmetrical from side to side, proper hoof balance is vital to maintaining a fit and sound horse. Keep in mind that each horse’s conformation will dictate the shape of their foot. There is no one “perfect hoof shape” or “perfect hoof ratio” that works for every horse. The horse that is pigeon-toed will always have a different hoof compared to a straighter limb, or compared to a horse with one foot taller or one leg longer than the other. However, there are some basic guidelines to help you evaluate your horse’s feet.
“ The toe is too long.” This comment makes up a big chunk of my radiograph descriptions when assessing trimming and shoeing balance. Long toes often correlate with low or ﬂat palmar angles, which is the angle that the cofﬁn bone sits compared to horizontal. This angle matters because it’s a predictor of stress on the deep digital ﬂexor tendon and navicular bone, where every degree ﬂatter than ideal causes a 4% increase of stress on the deep digital ﬂexor tendon. Longer toes also mean prolonged break-over which is the time from when the heel comes off the ground to when the toe comes off. Longer time for the foot to be on the ground means there is a higher chance that they interfere with another foot. But before we jump on our farriers’ case here, lets remember they don’t have x-ray vision and the last thing they want to do is make your horse sore by taking too much foot off. When in doubt, ask your vet and farrier to meet and shoot radiographs during the trim.
• The angle of the dorsal hoof wall should be roughly symmetrical to the angle of the pastern. If the hoof wall seems ﬂatter than the pastern there is a good chance the toe is too long and the horse has a ﬂat palmar angle. The opposite is often seen with a club-foot conformation. This is true in the front and hind legs. However, in the hind legs the horses will often tuck their hooves farther underneath their body, giving them a sickle-hocked appearance, or the hoof wall will look rounded at the toe, called a “bull nose.” As a rough guideline, the coronary bands on the hind hooves should point at the back of the forelimb carpus or lower. 50
2. • When looking at the bottom of the foot, the widest part of the hoof should be nearly halfway between the heel and toe. The foot should also be symmetrical from side to side. However, if the horse is signiﬁcantly toed-in or toedout this may not be true. • Looking at the back of the foot and the front of the foot, the coronary bands should be fairly level from side to side and roughly a straight line from the heel up. When the coronary band pushes higher and starts to curve there is the chance that side of the cofﬁn bone is sitting higher than the other which puts unequal stress across the joints and can cause a quarter crack. If your horse’s hooves have any of these characteristics ask your farrier about them and see if he or she has noticed them or if its something they’ve been working on. Scheduling xrays at the end of the next trim or shoeing cycle can give your farrier a lot of extra information and help them correct any inmbalances that may be present before they start to cause problems.
6. 1. Broken back hoof pastern axis 2. Bull nose hind foot 3. Rehab shoeing for Low Palmer Angle 4. Mismatched coronory band 5. Long toe and medial to lateral imbalance 6. Fascia lines on a jumper 7. Fascia lines
7. You may contact Dr. Jill for further information or make an appointment to see her directly at www.magnoliasporthorse.com Dr. Jill is a graduate of the Auburn University College of Veterinary medicine. She is certiﬁed in Equine Rehabilitation and Performance Medicine (CERPV) and trained with the U.S. Equestrian High Performance veterinarians in VA. Dr. Jill is a member of the Large Animal Diagnostic Imaging Society, a group formed by the American College of Veterinary Radiologists, for practitioners on the cutting edge of improving diagnostic imaging quality. The cornerstone of her practice includes sport horse ﬁtness and rehabilitation, building strength, preventing re-injury, and difﬁcult to diagnose causes of poor performance. Dr Jill is an expert in clinical research, has authored various scientiﬁc abstracts and articles. She is familiar with the rigors of training and showing because she is an FEI Dressage rider herself.
NEW ADVANCES in Equine Health Testing Can Curb EHV-1 and Other Disease
By Tej Patel, President and Cofounder of Fluxergy One of the most pressing components of equine veterinary medicine is being able to detect infectious disease markers at the site of the patient, especially when the patient is exhibiting symptoms and action needs to be taken quickly. For instance, a fever of unknown origin can be caused by one of many viral or bacterial agents, and rapid, on-site identification could determine instantly the right therapy. Typically, it can take a minimum of one day and up to five days to get a lab result back, depending on the location of the facility and patient.
However, by this �me, ac�on by the veterinarian has already been taken. It’s even more cri�cal to detect infec�ous disease when the pa�ent exhibits few or no symptoms, especially when horses are aggregated in events, shows, compe��on, travel, and sale. This year, EHV-1 has made an appearance throughout the Americas and especially in Europe where more than 800 horses had poten�al exposure to EHV-1 at an interna�onal show jumping venue. By requiring point of care (PCR) tests for any future shows, regulatory bodies are being proac�ve to prevent such an emergency from happening again. With that being said, the best route forward would be to have this type of pathogen iden�ﬁca�on tes�ng on site, at a low cost, for rou�ne screening of incoming athletes. Equine veterinarians today are limited by the number of eﬀec�ve tests that are available at the point-of-care, as well as the number of devices, space, and overhead it takes to have a full lab in their hospitals. There is a strong need to consolidate veterinary point of care tes�ng to a single, ﬂexible Analyzer that can run comprehensive diagnos�cs that range from specialized infec�ous disease panels to more rou�ne metabolic tests. By detec�ng disease within the ini�al hour of seeing a pa�ent, the clinician can be�er respond with the appropriate therapy or ac�on while also improving client rela�ons. In what can o�en be a cash-based business, having reliable diagnos�cs that can elicit a result prior to prescribing and billing for treatment allows jus�ﬁca�on to the client and improved client uptake. The beauty of mul�modality is the poten�al wealth of informa�on provided to a veterinarian within a pa�ent’s ini�al visit, an amount of informa�on typically reserved for three or four tests from diﬀerent lab pla�orms or even diﬀerent labs. Mul�modal technology has the poten�al to consolidate a majority of cri�cal lab tests to a single pla�orm for a price point that rivals sending it out. Speciﬁcally, being able to instantly quaran�ne pa�ents by screening for infec�ous disease, quickly assess eﬃcacy of treatment via inﬂamma�on markers or even just provide general wellness proﬁles to their clients is a toolbox that every equine veterinarian should have.
2020 was supposed to be the start of Fluxergy’s high volume release into equine medicine, but the company had to pivot to respond to emergency COVID-19 tes�ng needs. During the pandemic, Fluxergy released its pla�orm for COVID-19 molecular tes�ng to help healthcare providers and researchers screen for the novel virus. It also became one of the very ﬁrst companies to oﬀer an under 1-hour COVID-19 test. Working with equine vets on a biosecurity level prepared Fluxergy for launching its pla�orm for COVID-19. It’s pre�y relatable in terms of the situa�ons we saw during the pandemic as humans and what equine vets con�nue to work with daily: essen�ally screening pa�ents and quaran�ning them to stop the spread of a poten�ally infec�ous pathogen. Much of the ini�al development on the molecular side was conducted with equine veterinarians for the detec�on of respiratory diseases, which created a strong founda�on for releasing a COVID-19 PCR test. Fluxergy is not discoun�ng veterinary medicine but rather sees veterinary tes�ng as highly strategic in its growth. The usage during the pandemic and now, Fluxergy’s oﬃcial IVD approval with CE-IVD cer�ﬁca�on, have allowed for scaling and technology improvement, which will only beneﬁt its equine customer base. Fluxergy’s pipeline of tests seeks to consolidate what typically involves mul�ple pla�orms and tests that are exclusive to specialized academic laboratories. Fluxergy’s launch of a costeﬀec�ve respiratory panel and mul�ple marker inﬂamma�on panel this year are going to be key tools for eﬀec�ve triage and biosecurity within the equine community. Further development is being conducted on a diarrhea panel, reproduc�ve panel, and equine catastrophic injury panel. ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������� ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ ����������������������
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Chiropractic Care After the
LAMENESS Finally, your horse is clear to start training again. The lameness issue has finally been resolved and now you will begin to train, compete or just ride for relaxation again. Now is a great time to contact an AVCA certified Animal Chiropractic to ensure this road to an exciting future with your horse is not marred by another injury.
To the joints in your horse’s body movement is life. Lack of movement results in changes in the structure of the joint within 72 hours. While your horse was not moving well in one joint, the other joints in his body could not move correctly either. Like a cog in a wheel, if one cog is broken the whole machine shuts down. Some muscles were moving more to compensate for the problem limb. Some were moving less to allow your horse to move in a straight line. Either way an examination by the equine chiropractor will help identify these joints and help to restore normal motion to the joints of your horse’s body. Chiropractic care helps the body resume normal motion. When your horse has one area of the body that can’t move, compensations must be made in other areas of the body. This abnormal motion leads to altered function of the limb. If left uncorrected this altered motion can lead to tendon and ligament injuries and chronic joint changes. Evidence based medicine proves that chiropractic care helps restore a more normal movement in the horse preventing careerending problems. Thus the horse who was just removed from stall rest for his injury is at greater risk of injury again if his nervous system is not restored by a chiropractic adjustment. Your horse’s altered motion is neurologic. Mares with subluxations in their pelvis tend to lose muscle both around the rectum and the vulva. This allows manure and urine to pool inside the vulva and enter into the uterus. Because the uterus is also a muscle it is usually compromised as well and it can’t contract enough to move the material out. This leads to chronic uterine inflammation, which means conception is not possible. This entire loss of muscle is not limited to the hind end in these mares and leads to a decline in her ability to respond to minor irritations appropriately. Her nasty attitude is neurologic. As far as you can tell, your horse appears to have a functioning nervous system. However, to the trained eye of an Animal Chiropractors who are experts on how the nervous system of 54
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animals coordinates health in the body of animals there are still flaws in your horse’s health. One aspect of health is performance, and this is the primary focus of all these amazing top athletes. Any interference to spinal function can impede the nervous system from functioning at its absolute best. When you look at athletes like Usain Bolt, who has used chiropractic for years, where the margins are fractions of a second you see why even the smallest impedance to function could make the difference between gold and no medal at all. In your horse’s work, one subluxation can mean ½ second slower. What would an extra ½ second mean to you and your horse? Chiropractic is about power, not pain and lameness. The power that turned two cells into the amazing mass of cells that is now your horse is the power that controls every reaction that occurs in that horse’s body. Chiropractic care is does not cure your horse’s disease; it restores normal communication between your horse’s brain and every part of its body. Restoring this communication allows the brain to resume appropriate control and guide the organs to function at optimal levels. A horse with a subluxation will experience improper nerve flow to and from the organs of the body. Without this power, cellular dysfunction begins to occur. Cellular nutrition requires glucose and insulin levels to be in balance. Diabetes is a name for when cells and hormones are not working together to control and provide appropriate nutrition to the cells of the body. Inappropriate responses cause the cells to be resistant to the function of insulin which causes glucose and cortisol levels to be elevated all of the time. Cushing’s is an inappropriate level of cortisol. Metabolic disease syndrome occurs and causes severe debilitating problems for you and your horse. It is neurologic. Chiropractic care has been proven by Dr. Ron Pero to improve immune competence in adjusted individuals 200% when compared to non-adjusted individuals and 400% when compared to individuals that were known to be sick. Studies have shown that chiropractic care may influence T and B lymphocytes, natural killer cell numbers, antibody levels, phagocytic activity and plasma beta-endorphin levels. The nervous system regulates ALL function throughout the body; the production of immune cells is NO exception. When you are deciding whether to continue with chiropractic care for your animals or when deciding which ones to get adjusted it is critical to remember everything about the life they enjoy, they can enjoy with you because of their nervous system. The nervous system balances the immune system and an efficiently functioning immune system protects your horse from all sorts of bacterial and viral challenges. Giving medication to resolve an issue created by nervous system interference will do nothing more than manage the symptoms, unfortunately giving a false sense of health. Until the cause (nervous system interference) is addressed, health will continue to dwindle, leading to more symptoms and more medications. The chiropractic adjustment is about restoring the power that made the body. Equine chiropractors focus on restoring life, not eliminating symptoms or curing disease. The reason is simple… only the power that made the body can heal the body. With life restored via the chiropractic adjustment, the body is free to work as intended, curing disease and eliminating symptoms on its own! Get your horse’s functional neurological system checked, contact an AVCA certified doctor in your area today and help prevent future lamenesses. E
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Recognising the importance of investing in the future of polo and supporting the aspirations of the next generation, Polo Valley and Sotogrande International School have partnered to create the world’s first polo academy offering the opportunity to combine world-class education with professional polo coaching. Starting in September 2021, the Sotogrande Polo Academy will welcome ambitious and athletic students who either wish to become professional players or pursue another dream career with an excellent level and knowledge of polo.
The Academy will accommodate for the training of both Junior (14-16 years old) and Elite (16-18 years old) students for up to four years, with physical and theoretical polo training provided every week at Polo Valley alongside a specially designed academic programme at Sotogrande International School. Students will take part in 10 hours of riding and polo per week, as well as theoretical lessons learning everything about the horses, the sport, and the business of polo, mastering lifelong skills as discipline, commitment, leadership and professionalism for their future career. This will all be undertaken in a carefully curated programme alongside their academic studies where they will study for their M4 & M5 International Baccalaureate and A-Level qualiﬁcations. The goal of the Sotogrande Polo Academy is to facilitate the dreams of passionate, ambitious and athletic students who wish to acquire the skills and conﬁdence necessary to succeed in the extraordinary yet competitive world of polo. The Sotogrande Polo Academy will also provide students with a valuable network, travel opportunities, work experience and the opportunity to gain a great polo handicap at a uniquely young age, all in the stunning setting of Sotogrande, which enjoys over 300 days of sunshine a year. 56
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Elements of Good Barn Design
Story and Photos By Georgia Hickey, Equine Facili�es Design King Construc�on Company, LLC
Many of today’s horses the barn, so there are few things more fundamentally important to their well-being than well-lit surroundings with air that smells fresh and clean. Barns with good ventilation, air circulation and air exchange provide a healthier environment for both the horses and their handlers.
HIGH SIDEWALL allows much more air circulation in this large lofted barn. Each stall has an adjustable circulating fan in the rear corner.
Larger barns with long aisles can be more of a challenge than smaller barns, but even small barns can have issues with poor air quality and dampness. There are many factors that can inﬂuence good ventilation and air quality, often beginning with siting and barn elevation. Site the barn with consideration to prevailing winds and sun exposure – whenever possible, locate the large sliding doors on gable ends to take advantage of the prevailing winds and breezes. And, since good hygiene starts with a clean, dry environment, elevate the barn pad and install curtain drains to keep the barn dry during heavy rains or when the snow is melting.
Especially in a large barn with longer aisles and many horses, plan for cross aisles to aid good air ﬂow. I also prefer a somewhat higher sidewall to aid ventilation -- this is less of an issue if there is no loft, but in a lofted barn, a 10 ft eave height puts the main ﬂoor ceiling at about 9 ft, and since stall partitions are 8 ft high, this leaves little space for air to move and circulate. With a 12 ft eave (main ﬂoor ceiling at 11 ft), there is a much better space created for good air ﬂow, and there is the added advantage of space to use transom windows over the Dutch doors. If the transoms are operational, they can be used to enhance air exchange. Another option is to use a small ventilating window next to the Dutch doors; these are very useful in the winter and easily affordable. All rooﬁng should include ridge venting, and barns should also have some eave venting to promote air exchange. Metal rooﬁng should always be insulated to control condensation, or it can be installed over wood or plywood sheathing. Cupolas are not just for decoration – properly sized venting cupolas will very effectively exhaust hot, stale air and improve air movement and air exchange. 58
Another effective way to improve air exchange and air quality in a lofted barn is the use of ventilation shafts. Positioned directly under the venting cupolas, they will efﬁciently exhaust hot, humid air from the main ﬂoor during the summer months and help to keep the barn signiﬁcantly more comfortable. Limited use during the winter will also reduce condensation build-up and freshen the air. No matter the size of the barn, a quality permanent fan is a must in every stall, and they should be aimed to create a circular movement of air throughout the barn. Fans will help move and exhaust hot, stale air in the summer, and can be used for short spans of time in the winter to increase air movement and reduce the build-up of condensate. Installing a permanent fan at the front of each wash stall will help to dry the horses more quickly in the summer and, when run between baths or rinses, it will keep the area dryer between use, which will reduce dry rot, mold and mildew. In barns without lofts, a large powerfoil fan will help move the air and, like most ceiling fans, the blades can be reversed for summer or winter use. Another excellent option for a barn without a loft is a ventilating skylight -- they bring in more natural light and create an excellent air exchange when opened for venting, but they are expensive, so not within everyone’s budget. While many dampness problems can be solved by climate control, I do not recommend heating a horse barn except with radiant ﬂoor heat in the aisles and work rooms. Other types of heating systems in the barn area can create bacteria, mold and respiratory problems. However, even without a heating system, it can be a good investment to fully insulate the exterior walls and the roof of the barn. Insulation will help to buffer the extreme temperatures of both winter and summer, keeping the barn more comfortable year-round and reducing winter condensate.
AWNING STYLE ventilation window next to the Dutch door has three adjustments for the size of opening.
POWERFOIL FANS help to move air in a half-lofted barn. Stalls and wash stall have adjustable circulating fans.
If your lofted barn roof is not insulated, you can achieve a warmer barn in winter by ﬁlling your loft with hay and shavings (do not block your eave venting). You will notice a big difference in the temperature of the barn on the main ﬂoor. With proper planning, good design and the right components, a barn can be a well-ventilated, healthy and inviting space for horses, humans and barn mascots to live and spend time.
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When it comes to mud, most of us have resigned ourselves to living with it. It seems that no ma�er what you do the problem comes back in the same spot or creates a bigger issue elsewhere. From french drains to screenings, we pour money into solving mud issues year a�er year without resolving the problem. The most we do is patch it up to deal with another day. While mud is less of an issue in large pastures that have areas that drain well, it can be debilita�ng at gates, barn entrances, small paddocks, feeding areas, run-in sheds, and other high traﬃc areas. I have raised all manner of livestock, including sheep, ca�le, and horses and I can a�est to the frustra�ng toll mud can take on our animals and the addi�onal costs that add up because of it. I thought for years if I can just build this area up a li�le more here or re-dig that drain over there, I would eventually solve the major problems and be be�er oﬀ. As I am sure you have probably guessed, it did not work. I ﬁnally had enough last summer when most of my sheep ﬂock could not get rid of hoof rot and my horses were having to walk through a foot of mud to get water every �me it rained. I started up the search engine and searched un�l I found something that just might work. That’s where I started my journey with PermaGrid.
What is PermaGrid? Well, properly installed PermaGrid is the savior from mud you have been wai�ng for. It is a grid system with a mesh structure that ﬁts together. Made from 100% recycled plas�c, it is a 60
durable, non-ro�ng, and weather resistant, erosion preven�on grid. With its strong web and extremely permeable design, the PermaGrid oﬀers excellent water drainage through the surface. I Know, I did not think it would solve all my problems either. Maybe it didn’t solve my inability to say no to a new animal entering my care, but it did solve my many mud issues. I ﬁrst tested it out on a par�cular barn door that seemed to never dry out and was the bane of my existence. A�er talking with Sterling Equine, I decided the best way to install was with a subbase of crushed rock, compacted, and layered with a landscape fabric. We then placed the PermaGrid down and ﬁlled with sand. And guess what! No mud. Not just that week or that next month, but no mud to this day. Since then, I have been slowly adding it to all my weak mud points and now all my animals have beneﬁted from dry paddocks, easy to reach waters, and mud free gates! My next plan is to add them to a walkway that leads to all my pastures and plant grass in them. If you struggle with mud and haven’t found the answer, I highly recommend looking into Sterling Equine’s PermaGrid.
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HOOVES Touching WATER Story & Photo By Alessandra Deerinck
Water is a very extensive subject about horses, and learning about how it affects them inside and out is essential for taking care of their health and wellbeing in a comprehensive manner. This was the ﬁrst time the rider took the horse into water, but a difﬁcult crossing is not a problem when you can cooperate with your horse.
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TRAINING & Showing
Water makes up for more than 65% of the equine body and maintaining this balance is deﬁnitely a need. If horses live naturally, they stay near areas where there is access to water and eatable vegetation and migrate when water or forage is not available. When they are kept in domesticated conditions, horses do not have the possibility to do so and it becomes our duty to learn how to adequately manage the way we provide them with water, paying attention to quantity, quality and most importantly monitoring how each single horse feels about our provision. Horses can get dehydrated during exercise, in stressful situations, or even from diarrhea, and if dehydration is not treated can cause kidney failure. We can observe how much water the horse drinks but most of all we should observe how his body responds by checking the state of hydration of his skin (skin pinch test) and by observing the capillary reﬁll time, and calling our veterinarian if we detect abnormal conditions without an apparent reason that we can immediately overcome by offering the horse water. Half of the water of the equine body is contained inside the cells, and it is the most stable and critical compartment, surrounded by the water contained in the extracellular space. The blood vessels contain about 5% of the body ﬂuids that, in this compartment, ﬂuctuate very rapidly according to the body’s needs. The rest of the water in a horse’s body is located in the gut and can be available to replenish other areas when needed. Horses are very sensitive to the taste and smell of water and can be picky about unfamiliar sources, but usually they try to not become dehydrated and will spend short moments drinking throughout the day. The average healthy and well-fed horse will drink 5 to 15 gallons per day or about 1 gallon per 100 pounds of body weight, but their need can increase with temperature and seasonal changes, or if they are 62
subjected to performances. Young foals can drink a gallon of water along with four of milk and broodmares may need 20 gallons per day to produce milk for their foals. Diet deﬁnitely affects water intake. Horses eating fresh forage will consume less water than those that are fed hay diets, and some horses even resort to dip their hay in water before they consume it. Salts and minerals play a role in the state of hydration of horses, and we need to provide them with supplements containing salts and minerals that would be naturally present in fresh forage, but are not available for absorption when the fresh forage is turned into hay.
About the outside…
Water is such a natural subject for horses! A very overlooked fact, that happens when horses walk in water, is that they free their hooves from soil and debris. In the domestic environment, water is most often not available for the horse to step into it, so manure, and soil set in the frog and promote the growth of microorganisms that can cause disease in the hoof. If we disrupt the accumulation of material with frequent hoof cleaning, we do not allow enough time for the pathogenic process to happen. If we simply use a hoof pick to remove what is packed under the hoof, use a hose to wash the hoof wall, and its bottom surface we can achieve a sufﬁciently thorough cleaning. Daily contact with water can also be a way to maintain the physiological level of hydration of the hoof tissues. If we look at the sensory perception of water in the situations that we experience while riding or on the ground, the horse can perceive sensations from the water with sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste, just like we do. The water can provide different sensory information depending upon the forms in which it is presented to the horse and his individual experience. The form of water that a domestic horse
“knows” best is deﬁnitely not a moving body of water. Most often it is the container where he drinks, or the rain, situations that may not be natural, but where the horse can have the chance, and enough time to experience the water by himself, with freedom of movement, and choice in his actions. Experience enables individuals to make memories on which to build the choices for future behavior, and it is essential in the relationship between man and horse. Along with the memory of the common experience, we must keep in consideration the experience that can be unknown to us, along with the component of the emotions, that always accompany individuals, and color situations. To act as leaders, individuals should set an example to follow for others, at the time of the behavioral choice, and deﬁnitely get the feedback from the behavior of their followers. This can allow them to better their own behavior in the future. In the interaction between human and horse it is important to allow the horse to cognitively learn directly through his senses about a situation, instead of always being under the inﬂuence of conditioning. Forcing the horse to do a certain action by using fear, can achieve a quick result that some consider positive, because it has served their purpose at the time. Unfortunately, when the horse does something out of fear, he has been pushed beyond his conﬁdence, and consciousness. When they live in a natural state, more than once a day horses would walk into a body of water, to drink, swim or play with it, but when we ride our horses and ask them to
walk into a puddle, river, lake or seawater not always they feel like doing it, and even giving a horse a shower can present difﬁculties. During the operation of showering a horse, the water comes out of a hose, a source of water that may not be familiar for the horse. The water stream is directed at the horse, with the intention to wash his coat, and the horse is hand-held with halter and rope, or tied. The situation can be dangerous, if the horse has no ability to move, the surrounding area is slippery, and he ﬁnds the experience too intense for him. In such situation it is important to minimize the risks, making sure that the horse cooperates with us, without resistance. Horses learn from every experience, and a bad initial one can create problems that will persist. Every sensory perception that the horse experiences when struck by water from a hose, can instinctively lead him to distance from it. This is even more likely to happen if the horse has never seen a water hose and how it works. Going in detail about the sensory perception: - The sight of the jet of water directed to his body drives a horse to escape from the stream. - The sound of the stream of water stimulates the horse to moving in a position where he can see what produces the sound that attracted his attention. - The impact of the water produces a pressure that can push the horse to move away from it. - Taste, and smell are not generally the senses a horse uses in the ﬁrst approach to something unknown, because they try to stay far from it. When the horse chooses to use taste and smell voluntarily, he will stand still, and approach to touch the water with his muzzle, and even try to drink it. When we ﬁrst introduce a horse to being showered with a hose, we need to carefully consider the place where we work, providing the opportunity to work freely on a non-slippery surface. Continued...
If we can plan for introducing a horse to crossing water, we should set up the situation in a safe and proper way, looking for a water crossing that’s ﬂat, with the water not deeper than our knees, and not fast ﬂowing. It also would help if the location is well - traveled by horses and maybe even It’s a very good idea to assume that the horse does not ﬁnding another experienced horse that goes easily across know what we want to do, and perform the action as if it water. We should not use any constrictive device that can was the ﬁrst time the horse experienced it. Using a waprevent the horse from using his head and neck for balter hose, we should show the horse how it works without ance and perception. We should also have a halter and a involving him directly. This procedure allows the horse the lead rope, just in case the horse will not be willing to step in chance to gain knowledge of what we intend to do. After the water. In this instance, we need to get on the ground then, we will be able to handle the water hose, and aim and show the horse how we can enter the water without the stream close to him, or at his body. The transition to using the reins and pulling on the bit. When the horse direct the jet of water to the horse must be done gradually, reaches the waterline, from the ground or the saddle, adapting our actions to his response. This means that if we we should keep him straight towards where we intend to approach the horse, and he moves away we have to stop, go, but allow him to sniff, taste and feel the water, then and wait for him to remain still. As a result of this interacwhen the horse is comfortable we encourage him to step in. Most deﬁnitely do not use force and take all the time tion horses that are free to move learn to stand while we he needs to become cooperative, before we ask him to shower them, and will also stand when they are being walk into the water. When we are in the water, we should showered while tied. allow the horse to assess again anything he feels the need Talking about crossing water, normally when horses ﬁnd to explore, but still keep him oriented in the direction we wish to go and be ready to keep him from rolling in the themselves in front of a puddle of water, they do not walk into it, because when water covers the ground, often does water. Having a horse cooperate with us is a very sought not allow us to see the surface where we will walk, and the for situation, and it is not so difﬁcult to achieve. Thanks to its natural herd mentality a horse will cooperate if we look like horse does not know what will happen when he puts his a good leader, and we shape our actions around terms hooves into it. Another difﬁculty can be that the body of water moves, and most domestic horses have no idea that that are interesting because the horse could immediately make sense of them without having to be trained for it. water can move, because they have never experienced The way we can monitor how we are doing is if we look for the situation. Barefoot horses can perceive the ground the horse’s feedback and honestly evaluate what we are while shod horses are impaired, and in addition to this, doing, just like we would do in a human-to-human relationwhen we are riding there is horsemanship involved, where an individual is asked to do something by another one. The ship. horse needs to use all of his senses to assess if he can enter ������������������������� the water and can feel impaired in his sensory perception ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ by us holding his head with the bridle. If we run into this situ- ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� ation one of the ways to solve it is if the horse can see other �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� horses or other individuals entering the water to learn what ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� happens and very often this will inﬂuence positively their ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� behavior. Horses are always aware of the present situation ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� and if they cross a stream of water one time, it will not nec- �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� essarily happen in all the future situations, because they ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� will always assess each instance, add to it their experience ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� and act accordingly.
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Palm Partnership Training™ Building a Partnership with your Horse
BEGINNING GROUND TRAINING by Lynn Palm
EQUINE Training & Showing
Developing your horse into a safe, willing partner for years to come starts with ground training. Often the problems I see riders having with their horses can be solved with ground training. Where you conduct ground training lessons is critical to giving your horse the best chance to learn. Distractions can take away from a horse’s ability to respond to the handler’s commands. He will be better able to concentrate in a smaller area, rather than in a larger space. Select a location where he will be able to retain and learn what you are teaching him, without the distractions of the outside environment. Once he is familiar with the lesson, you can graduate to a larger work area. When teaching a new maneuver, always practice it at the same location until your horse responds very well and then go on the other areas. I recommend these steps of progression be followed when ground training any horse. Begin ground training lessons in the horse’s stall where the location is familiar to him and there is the least amount of distractions. When he demonstrates that he has learned the ground training lesson in the stall, he can graduate to repeating the lesson in a slightly less secure location. The aisle of a barn makes a great next step. Once he shows responsiveness in the aisle way, graduate to a slightly less secure place like a round pen or paddock. Continue this progression to less secure environments moving to an indoor arena, to an outdoor arena, finally asking for the maneuver on the trails or other off-site locations. Follow this progression as you introduce each new ground training lesson to give your horse the best opportunity to learn while keeping distractions to a minimum. If your horse demonstrates he does not understand or is not responsive, go back to a more secure location to repeat the lesson until there is improvement. For the horse, continuing this learning process at each new location is like learning the lesson again—so be patient to build a great partnership with your horse. 66
Helping Each Other Improve I worked with a group of four women who were interested in learning through Palm Partnership Training. They had very different riding interests. Three of the riders rode competitively as novice, amateur riders. The competitive riders had just finished successful show seasons and won many end of the year championships. The fourth member of the group was a commercial airline pilot! She enjoyed riding recreationally. Everyone in the group rode both Western and English. What I found most interesting was how the competitive riders and the recreational rider helped each other improve. Even though the recreational rider was mounted on a horse she’d never ridden before, her job skills gave her determination, focus, and confidence. I challenged her with different obstacles and courses unfamiliar to her, but well known to the competitive riders who were mounted on their own horses. The recreational rider did a better job of successfully controlling her horse and completing the maneuvers than the competitive riders. The recreational rider demonstrated that the very skills that made her a good airline pilot were important for having good control of her horse. In turn, she learned from the competitive riders that the challenge of showing can be a rewarding, exciting experience that she might someday enjoy. The competitive riders learned to control their horses better and had to improve their “pilot” skills! The group’s instruction included in-hand work. The competitive riders learned how to use ground training to perfect the maneuvers required for showmanship events with greater coordination. The recreational rider found ground training a great way to help her work better with her horse and improve her hand-eye coordination from the ground with more correctness. The students’ experiences reminded me of the importance of ground training. Ground training and showmanship can become an “art”. It can take years of practice to perfect. It’s well worth the time for the benefit in brings in building a harmonious relationship with a horse and improving the handler’s training and riding skills. All my long-term riders master showmanship and in-hand training skills. Your Next Step… Whether you are starting a young horse, re-schooling an older mount, or needing to improve your eye for understanding your horse…ground training will improve a horse’s responsiveness to commands and build your skills as a handler and rider. Ground training will bring out the best in your horse. There is no better reward than your horse respecting and trusting you. It is also the greatest foundation that you can give your horse for a very successful future under saddle! Ground training is an important part of all of my schools. Visit www. LynnPalm.com and click on “Clinics.” For more information or to schedule your own event, please call 1-352/629-3310. www.EliteEquestrianMagazine.com
Farnam Celebrates Milestone with pectacular
S 75th Anniversary Giveaway
Stirrups ‘n Strides
Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc. invites you to
“Flaming Saddles!” There’s been a hangin’ in town! WHODUNIT?! Saturday December 4, 2021
Farnam has been keeping horses healthy and happy since the company was founded in 1946. In honor of the trusted partnerships that have united Farnam and the equine community across the decades, the company is marking its diamond anniversary with a special event for its loyal customers.
Horse owners are invited to enter Farnam’s 75th Anniversary Giveaway. Front and center is the Grand Prize, a 2021 Farnam-branded John Deere® Gator® XUV835M (approximate retail value, $18,000), loaded with $1,000 worth of Farnam® products including supplements, ﬂy control, hoof care and grooming. In addition, there will be 10 First Prizes featuring $75 worth of popular Farnam® products in a handy ﬁve-gallon bucket. Since its earliest days, Farnam has been committed to providing horse owners with the best horse care products. This enduring dedication to the equine community set the company apart — and still does.
Tables reserved seating 8/$800 pkg. (includes drinks), single seating $75 each (suggested donation).
With over 100 products on the market today, Farnam is recognized as a leader in the industry. Its wide-ranging selection of equine essentials — from ﬂy control, dewormers, grooming, and hoof and leg care products to wound care treatments, leather care, stable supplies and supplements — is unmatched.
Date: Saturday, December 4, 2021 Time: 5:00PM-9:00PM Location: Stirrups ‘n Strides Covered Arena, 4246 West HWY 318, Citra, FL 32113.
The 75th Anniversary Giveaway begins August 9, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. (PDT), and entries will be accepted through December 31, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. (PDT). Only one entry is allowed per person. You must be a horse owner and legal U.S. resident of one of the 48 contiguous states or the District of Columbia and 18 or older as of August 9, 2021 with a valid driver’s license to enter. Please visit farnam.com/75-giveaway for complete rules. 68
Ladies and Gents, put your super sleuth Cowboy hats on, get gussied up and join us at Stirrups ‘n Strides for a fun and wacky WILD, WILD WEST Murder Mystery Dinner Event! The setting takes place in the 1890’s back when the West really was wild - in the days of wranglers, rustlers, bandits, saloon girls and gunslingers! A surPRIZE will go out to the three guests with the most authentic ‘get ups’ from the era. Guys, maybe it’s a Jesse James, Billy the Kid or Marshall Dillon look alike that’s yer style? Ladies, maybe it’s Miss Kitty, Annie Oakley or Calamity Jane that strikes yer fancy? Now’s your chance! Get yer best crime solver folks together and reserve your table for 8 today! You only get a clue or two, reckon the rest is up to you! Just one or two comin’? We’ve got seats for ya’ll, too. You won’t want to miss this hilarious and fun interactive evening. Great viddles by MoJo catering included in your ticket. “Sarsaparilla”, “Suds” and such (beer and wine) available. Silent Auction items for bid, a great time for some shopping! Come on out and hoot it up to toe-tappin’ tunes, mystery, fun and great food!
Casual country western wear ﬁts the bill for this event.
Contact: Betty Gray: 352-427-3569 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your seats today. All proceeds from this fundraiser to beneﬁt Stirrups ‘n Strides Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc. a 501(c)3 non-proﬁt therapeutic riding and equine services programs.
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The best of both worlds has a new meaning for equestrian and nature lovers. Imagine walking along tropical sandy shorelines, and a few steps later, saddling up on your private (or community-owned) horse for a leisurely ride. That is precisely the lifestyle afforded to residents at Windsor, a private residential and sporting club in Vero Beach, Florida.
Located along Florida’s Treasure Coast, Windsor is often described as a “village by the sea” for its uniquely enchanting setting. Encompassed by 472 lush acres and nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and Indian River, Windsor combines the charm of yesterday with the modern comforts of today, blending new urbanism and sustainability throughout the unparalleled community. The original polo ﬁelds – an iconic feature of the property – have evolved into a full-scale Equestrian Centre with dozens of stables and paddocks, an exercise track, and a 170-yard-long, multi-purpose stick and ball ﬁeld. With nine Windsor-owned horses available, residents have access to more than three miles of groomed trails and riding areas, private and group lessons, and organized games. Many own their own horses also cared for on the grounds. Education and safety are among the property’s top priorities. Max Secunda, an Honorary USPA Polo Instructor and Director of Equestrian Operations at Windsor, leads the charge. In addition to developing its manual on safety and riding, he also works alongside an experienced and passionate team to provide a superb experience for leisure riders, exceptional training for aspiring polo players and extraordinary care for the horses. Secunda has developed a
ﬂourishing children’s polo team that participates in tournaments nationally and internationally. Windsor also employs a highly skilled barn manager, Alaina Pringle, who holds a degree in equine science from the University of New Hampshire, to oversee the unrivaled care of each horse.
“The Equestrian Centre at Windsor is rapidly growing given our world-class programming and exceptional standard of care,” said Secunda. “Residents are extremely impressed with the facilities, as well as our experienced staff, who ensure that every rider has the best experience possible, and that each and every horse is properly cared for.” Widely recognized among residents and the local community is the Windsor Charity Polo Cup. Taking place biennially, the signature event is a high-goal charity polo match which raises funds for local and national non-proﬁt agencies. Grants are awarded to support basic human needs such as food, shelter, assistance with disabilities, children’s education, medical research, animal advocacy, and supporting Windsor employees experiencing unforeseen hardship.
In addition to a fast-paced polo match, the event features an array of interactive events and exhibitions, including an elegant luncheon, themed tailgate, specialty retail village, luxury automobile concourse and high-end rafﬂe. To date, Windsor has raised more than $1 million through its charitable polo cup. Planning is underway for the next Windsor Charity Polo Cup scheduled for February 19, 2022. Esteemed for its offering and meticulously kept facility, Windsor is looking to build upon its equestrian program. In 2022, the operation is planning expeditions in England and Argentina, which will offer members an incredible travel and riding experience around the world.
Recognized for its architecturally distinctive custom oceanfront, fairway-front and village homes, Windsor boasts a progressive master plan with small-town charm and timeless architecture. Development expansion plans include a new 47-acre residential neighborhood and a 12,000 square-foot state-of-the art Fitness and Wellness Centre planned for the northern section of the community. An extensive collection of amenities makes the community endlessly interesting and enriching, including the equally popular 18-hole links-style golf course by Robert Trent Jones Jr, and world-class tennis courts envisioned by Wimbledon champion, Stan Smith. Other amenities include a beach club, art gallery, croquet greensward, a “town hall” and village center inclusive of a convenient store and post ofﬁce - all exclusively available to members only.
“Buyers are drawn to Windsor for its focus on outdoor living and outstanding sporting amenities designed for the entire family,” said Jane Smalley, Director of Marketing at Windsor. “We look forward to continuing to support Max in expanding his program and bringing an array of new riding and training opportunities to the community.”
Elite Equestrian magazine Sept Oct 2021 fall issue. Celebrating the Equestrian Lifestyle. Americas equestrian lifestyle magazine. #eliteeque...
Published on Aug 17, 2021
Elite Equestrian magazine Sept Oct 2021 fall issue. Celebrating the Equestrian Lifestyle. Americas equestrian lifestyle magazine. #eliteeque...